How Obama Destroys His Enemies

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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President Obama has always disliked free speech as a general matter, particularly for those who oppose him. He frequently suggests that those who disagree with him simply lack the power of reason; he constantly attacks those who do not bow to his opinions. In the last month alone he has directly castigated the Supreme Court (it would be “unprecedented,” he said, for them to strike down Obamacare); Rush Limbaugh (he called up Sandra Fluke to tell her how out of line Limbaugh was); and Congress (if they don’t act on whatever it is he wants, he will go it alone).

But he has one problem: the First Amendment does not allow him, as president, to use the power of government to fight his enemies. Obama’s solution to this dilemma lies in 501(c)3 charitable organizations working in close tandem with the federal government.

Here’s how it works. First, President Obama forges deep and abiding connections with like-minded charitable organizations. These are theoretically supposed to be non-partisan, but they are typically not – they have a direct line to the White House. So, for example, Media Matters for America coordinates routinely with the White House on important issues of the day. And they are experts at initiating so-called secondary boycotts.

Their expertise was honed in the Don Imus affair, as the Daily Caller reported. When Imus made offensive comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, Media Matters sprang into action, coordinating with other allies and pushing for a boycott of advertisers on Imus’ show. Soon, Imus was gone.

They quickly moved on to Lou Dobbs. They attempted to force his advertisers to stop buying time on his radio show; in particular, they looked to put pressure on Ford. And they were successful. By November 2009, Dobbs had moved on from CNN, to Media Matters’ delight.

All this time, Media Matters was working with the Obama Administration. Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, met regularly with Media Matters to plot strategy. Media Matters had weekly calls with the White House.

The stage was set. The actors were in place.

Their first joint target was Glenn Beck. While the White House claimed that Fox News wasn’t a “real” news channel, Media Matters worked the back channels, coordinating with Color of Change to “expose Glenn Beck’s racist rhetoric in an effort to educate advertisers about the practices on his show.”

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  • Ken

    This is typical of Progressives and other uber-Left entities. Obama just takes it to another level and is prepared to go even farther during the election. I love the hypocrisy of the Left when they go low and dirty and then condemn when it used on them. Double-standards abound with them!!

  • scotsirish

    Thank you Ben for bringing this to light. I sent Coke a quick, "Why did you just cowtail to the Left?" note a few days ago. Coke should have stood their ground instead of bowing to the insidious radical worms we are all too familiar with these days.

    • Tzila

      Looks like I won't be buying Obama (I mean Zero) anymore.

  • http://imataxpayertoo.wordpress.com kathy

    Media Matters claims to be a non-partisan group who gets tax exempt status. That's the real crime here….besides all the insidiousness.

  • jacob

    DON'T BOTHER.

    I KNOW YOU'LL FIND IT IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT…..

  • Schlomotion

    Wow. It's almost as if President Obama does all the same things any other President does. Shocking.

    • kasandra

      Right you are. Just like President Castro, President Ortega, President Chavez, President Medvedev….

  • MrWHBraden

    What's fair and legal in Obama's mind is fair and legal.

  • clarespark

    There is a wide divergence of opinions about Obama's mind and personality. I rounded them up here: http://clarespark.com/2012/04/06/diagnosing-potus…. I have no doubt that he is authoritarian, but I think the chief problem is that he is protofascist in his zeal to unite elements of his base that have opposing interests. But the urge for unity is so strong in the population that he could prevail in November. The New Left generation has done brilliantly in weakening our ability to criticize illegitimate authority, and Obama's authority can't withstand criticism as this article demonstrates.

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  • lizaz

    Coke's done with us…..bring on the Pepsi!!!!!!

  • BLJ

    Obama is an enemy combatant as far as I am concerned.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama promised to bring us together, the bookends being anger and rage……………..William

  • Anamah

    So Ben, what are we going to do? You are wright, Obama wants to destroy American system of capitalism and freedom, I want to stop him, as many more who understand the terribly fall we have in our future. Are we going to allow him to drive us to his dystopia? He wants to build a tyrannic power, with supra controllers and regulators with a huge heavy bureaucracy sucking the sap of privates. Are we unable to stop it? What are we going to do?…Only commenting and criticizing? We know how dishonest and dogmatic they are, how much they try to cheat next elections… so what are the measures to take? Who is/are going to take it. In some Banana Republics you can not call the police when assaulted, cops, robbers, politicians and judges are on the same side of the same band.

  • jerry

    Obama displays the type of thinking most blacks have about our nation. He's going to correct all the errors made by previous white presidents. He.'s a product of the welfare state.Lived on it as a child, received its benefits when going to college and law school as an Affirmative Action student, which meant that he went for free. He later becomes a Community Organizer, because he's now going to get for all his folks what he got from the government: a free ride. In Russia they had a name for a Community Organizer:It was Commisar. Mr. Obama is the most dangerious president our natioern has ever had. His socialist bent could endanger our country irrecoverably.